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Michele Bachmann: Obamacare Will ‘Literally’ Kill People

As the country prepares to celebrate the third anniversary of health care reform, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) insisted on Thursday that the Affordable Care Act will “kill” vulnerable women and children during a speech on the floor of the House.

In a long diatribe against the law, Bachmann predicted that the American people will “pay more” and get less, before suggesting that the provisions of Obamacare will “literally” kill people:

BACHMANN: That’s why we’re here because we’re saying let’s repeal this failure before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens. Let’s not do that. Let’s love people, let’s care about people. Let’s repeal it now while we can.

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While the main coverage expansion provisions will go into effect in 2014, the ACA has so far saved seniors over $6 billion on prescription drugs, reduced administrative overhead, deterred private insurers from requesting double digit premium increaseskept millions of young people on their parents’ health care plans, and provided 34.1 million people with Medicare preventive services without additional cost-sharing.

Moments after calling for the complete repeal of a law that will extend health care coverage to 30 million Americans, Bachmann claimed that her belief in Christ inspires her to care “for the least of those who are in our midst.” After she completed her remarks, fellow Republican Rep. Michael Burgess (TX) observed that the Minnesota Congresswoman “has a way of stating these things that none of us are capable of.”

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Bachmann later came back to the floor and described Medicaid — a health care program for lower-income Americans — as a “ghetto.” “Here’s the one that no American wants to be in. It’s the Medicaid ghetto,” she said. “And that’s where the lowest possible care, where very few doctors will be available available to offer this kind of care.” While the program is not without problems, a study by the Government Accountability Office showed Medicaid beneficiaries were just as happy with their health care as those with private insurance.

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joey125
by Silver Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 9:16 PM

I wouldn't take anything  Michelle says as fact.  

Friday
by Platinum Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 9:50 PM

This woman is nuts, no way I believe anything she says.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

143myboys9496
by Gold Member on Mar. 22, 2013 at 1:36 AM

 When it comes to gov't sponsored health care, I think the gov't's track record speaks for itself. Medicare/medicaid and the VA system are run SO seamlessly and smoothly, that we SHOULD have COMPLETE confidence in them running yet another..

There are 110 choices with medicare..why so many? My mil was completely baffled by literally over 100 different choices of plans..why, why, why so many?

jessilin0113
by on Mar. 22, 2013 at 8:58 AM

She is literally an idiot

jessilin0113
by on Mar. 22, 2013 at 9:00 AM

The problems with Medicare/Medicaid/VA don't necessarily come from the government, they come from the administrator of the plan.

And there are choices because we have a free market.  Isn't that what we love in America, free market?


Quoting 143myboys9496:

 When it comes to gov't sponsored health care, I think the gov't's track record speaks for itself. Medicare/medicaid and the VA system are run SO seamlessly and smoothly, that we SHOULD have COMPLETE confidence in them running yet another..

There are 110 choices with medicare..why so many? My mil was completely baffled by literally over 100 different choices of plans..why, why, why so many?



GrannyM.
by Bronze Member on Mar. 22, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Bachmann is crazy in my opinion...I know many people that the Affordable Care Act has helped. She grasping at political straws while spreading fear to further her 'so called' political career...Shame on her...

PamR
by Platinum Member on Mar. 22, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Bachmann is nuts.  She's grasping at anything that will get her face in the news.  I saw a news story a few nights ago going through some of her claims made in the past year or so - half of them she gets from blogs and some from a self-published book by a blogger.  She's apparently under the impression that if it's on the internet, it's true. 

Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Mar. 22, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Said the women whose family has been subsidized by the government forever: her FIL, her husband, herself- maybe we should cut her off.

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 22, 2013 at 1:08 PM
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She is accurate - literally - as anyone knows who is familiar with the IPAB - the Obamacare rationing board (a more accurate name for "death panels").

I posted something today on that exact topic- written by a physician in Forbes:

IPAB (Obamacare's "Health Care Rationing Panel" (aka "death panel") - President Obama's NICE Way To Ration Care To Seniors

Please check it out, and tell me what you think on that post. Thanks.

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 22, 2013 at 1:14 PM
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Medicaid does ghettoize poor people on it, and often leaves them with substandard care. Which is why the feds allowed managed care plans to provide care for them. It is cheaper for taxpayers (health plans are paid less, get a percentage of what Traditional Medicaid pays for care).

Care is better; patients are happier under the private sector mode. More Medicaid patients have chosen to be part of managed care plans than traditional Medicaid.

1) http://www.kff.org/medicaid/upload/8046.pdf

[2] Sandra Decker, “In 2011, Nearly One-Third of Physicians Said They Would Not Accept New Medicaid Patients, But Rising Fees May Help,” Health Affairs, Vol. 31, No. 8 (August 2012), pp. 1673–1679, and Alyene Senger, “Don’t Expand Medicaid—One-Third of Doctors Are Already Opting Out of It,”

[3] Nancy Merrick, Robert Houchens, Sandra Tillisch, and Bruce Berlow, “Quality of Hospital Care of Children with Asthma: Medicaid Versus Privately Insured Patients,” Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Vol. 12, No. 2 (2001), pp. 192–207.

[4] Edward Wang, Meeryo Choe, John Meara, and Jeffrey Koempel, “Inequality of Access to Surgical Specialty Health Care: Why Children with Government-Funded Insurance Have Less Access than Those with Private Insurance in Southern California,” Pediatrics, Vol. 114, No. 5 (2004), pp. e584–e590.

[5] Andrew Hwang, Margaret Hwang, Hui-Wen Xie, Brian Hardy, and David Skaggs, “Access to Urologic Care for Children in California: Medicaid Versus Private Insurance,” Urology, Vol. 65, No. 1 (2005), pp. 170–173.

[6] Joanna Bisgaier and Karin V. Rhodes, “Auditing Access to Specialty Care for Children with Public Insurance,” New England Journal of Medicine, June 16, 2011, pp. 2324–2333,http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa1013285 (accessed November 7, 2012).

[7] J. Z. Ayanian, B. A. Kohler, T. Abe, and A. M. Epstein, “The Relation Between Health Insurance Coverage and Clinical Outcomes Among Women with Breast Cancer,” New England Journal of Medicine, July 29, 1993, pp. 326–331.

[8] R. G. Roetzheim, E. C. Gonzalez, J. M. Ferrante, N. Pal, D. J. Van Durme, and J. P. Kricher, “Effects of Health Insurance and Race on Breast Carcinoma Treatments and Outcomes,” Cancer, Vol. 89 (2000), pp. 2202–2213.

[9] R. G. Roetzheim, Pal Nazneen, E. C. Gonzalez, J. M. Ferrante, N. Pal, D. J. Van Durme, and J. P. Kricher, “Effects of Health Insurance and Race on Colorectal Cancer Treatments and Outcomes,”American Journal of Public Health, 90 (2000), pp. 1746–1754.

[10] C. J. Bradley, C. W. Given, and C. Roberts, “Disparities in Cancer Diagnosis and Survival,”Cancer, Vol. 91 (2001), pp. 178–188.

[11] K. McDavid, T. Tucker, A. Sloggett, and M. P. Coleman, “Cancer Survival in Kentucky and Health Insurance Coverage,” Archives of Internal Medicine, Vol. 163 (2003), pp. 2135–2144.

[12] Omar Hasan, E. John Orav, and LeRoi Hicks, “Insurance Status and Hospital Care for Myocardial Infarction, Stroke, and Pneumonia,” Journal of Hospital Medicine, Vol. 5, No. 8 (2010), pp. 452–459.

[13] Joel S. Weissman, Constantine Gatsonis, and Arnold M. Epstein, “Rates of Avoidable Hospitalization by Insurance Status in Massachusetts and Maryland,” Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 268, No. 17 (1992), pp. 2388–2394.

[14] Nakela L. Cook et al., “Access to Specialty Care and Medical Services in Community Health Centers,” Health Affairs, Vol. 26, No. 5 (2007), pp. 1459–1468.

[15] Decker, “In 2011 Nearly One-Third of Physicians Said They Would Not Accept New Medicaid Patients, But Rising Fees May Help.”

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